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a debate turned things around was ronald reagan's direct appeal to voters in his first and only faceoff with president jimmy carter. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? do you feel that our security is as safe? that we're as strong as we were four years ago? chris: after that, the next day's "new york times" told the story of how critical that became. the are you better off question took hold. the third time a debate turned the race around was this first debate between vice president al gore and george w. bush. the vice president hurt himself with his notorious sighs. [sighing] chris: and then in the third debate, this exchange was a killer for gore. >> the difference is that i can get it done. that i can get something positive done on behalf of the people. that's what the question in this campaign is about. it's not only what your philosophy and what's your position on issues, but can you get things done? [laughter] and i believe i can. >> what about the norwood bill? chris: never, ever
to be tweaked the way it was by ronald reagan and speaker -- democratic speaker tip o'neill. but the basic structure is sound. but i want to talk about the values behind social security and medicare. and then talk about medicare because that's the big driver of our deficits right now. my grandmother, some of you know, helped to raise me. my grandparents did. my grandfather died a while back. my grandmother died three days before i was elected president. and she was fiercely independent. she worked her way up only had a high school education, started as a secretary, ended up being the vice president of a local bank. and she ended up living alone by choice. and the reason she could be independent was because of social security and medicare. she had worked all her life, put in this money, and understood that there was a basic guarantee, a floor under which she could not go. and that's the perspective i bring when i think about what's called entitlements. the name itself implies some sense of dependency on the part of these folks. these are folks who've worked hard. like my grandmother. and th
, and ronald reagan said there you go again, and it changed it for ronald reagan. >> talk about that fight night. many think because of where romney is it is a make or break moment for him. i love to hear the commentators fall over themselves to compliment each other for once on the campaign trail. you have mitt romney saying the president is obviously a very eloquent, gifted speaker, david axelrod says i think the invasion of normandy took less preparation than romney putting into the debates. let's get real for a moment. who is the better debater really? >> they're both mediocre debaiters. barack obama didn't win debates, joe biden won. actual debates, harvard and yale coaches enjoy will be paul ryan and joe biden. they'll be better. romney is good in a group setting, hasn't done a lot of one on one. the president, john mccain wasn't the best debater either. >> i talked to nathan sproul, how much ground romney has to gain, could be as much as seven points, that's a lot to gain through a debate performance. two guys can be well prepared, one sitting president. >> he did against bush. >> i
. but it's the way that romney presents himself. it's like ronald reagan against jimmy carter. reagan was behind in the -- when he started to debate carter but he made carter almost look small. reagan was larger than life, he came across as authoritative yet accessible. if i were romney i'd be watching those reagan tapes. >> the word on the street is he has been doing a ton of preparation but also looking for zingers. things to kind of one-liners to nail the president with. do you think that's a good idea? >> look, i'm doing a debate with john stewart on saturday in washington and i'm sure stewart's going to have zingers all over the place. you come in with zingers you sound stupid. they have to just occur to you. so if stewart says something dumb which is almost a given i'm going to pop him. all right. but i don't know how. and so romney's got to have enough confidence in his intellectual accumin to get in there but if he comes in with all of this rehearsed stuff he's going to come across as a zombie. >> how do you feel what the polls say? do you think romney is truly behind or is th
between jimmy carter and ronald reagan. late thursday, fireworks exploded in the sky, not on the debate stage. in virginia's heavily conservative shenandoah valley. >> last night was an important night. >> reporter: a confident, reinvigorated mitt romney alongside paul ryan tried to capitalize on the campaign's fresh momentum. >> i got the chance to ask the questions people around the country want to ask. why is he pushing obama care when 20 million people are out of work. >> reporter: romney made news on a topic he wasn't asked about on the debate, appearing on fox news he repute ated earlier comments, writing off 47% of americans. >> you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something completely wrong, and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> reporter: in wisconsin where the crowd swelled to more than 30,000, president obama arrived armed with new energy and attack lines against romney that were absent from wednesday's debate. all but calling his opponent a liar. >> governor romney may dance around his po
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